TIME 2003 is organized by the Indonesia Promotion Board (ITPB), Garuda Indonesia and supported by Jakarta’s main hotels and the tourism industry of Indonesia, this great travel event showcases world’s fastest-growing tourism area under one roof with quality products aimed at every market. This diverse nation of over 200 million people offer everything from value-for-money tour packages to the more exotic eco-tourism, a world-class tropical underwater world, international class hotels and convention venues, and for the more adventurous-a journey to the habitat of the fearsome komodo dragons, and more. TIME 2003 enters its 10th consecutive year as Indonesia’s most important travel show. An excellent platform offering various tourism packages, services and products to buyers who wish to know and develop the products of the world’s largest archipelago. Meet with Sellers of Indonesian tourism products and services including : Tour Operators, Destination Management Companies, Hotels & Resorts, Airlines, Cruises, Recreational & Sports Activities Operators amongst many other that Indonesia is well renowed for.
8 GOOD REASONS TO ATTEND TIME 2003 : The only opportunity to meet all of Indonesia under one roof, Time to treat all delegates professionally with Indonesian Hospitality, Feature most Indonesia’s tourist attractions which include all popular tourist destinations and special interests, Comprehensive choices of post conference tours, Get acquaintance with the invited international press, Attend the social functions that help you experience the diversity of Indonesian Culture, Will be held after its successful ninth consecutive year and the one and only tourism trade show in Indonesia, There is no other event like Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo anywhere in Indonesia.
For further detailed information please contact : TIME 2003 SECRETARIAT, C/O Pacto Convex Ltd, Lagoon Tower Level B1, Jakarta Hilton International, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270, Indonesia Tel : (62-21)5705800 Fax : (62-21)5705798 E-mail : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPMENT IN DRUGS
AND PHARMACEUTICALS TECHNOLOGY
FOR ASEAN COUNTRIES, OCTOBER 14-16, 2003
WAITRO and Research and Indonesian Institute of Sciences will be organizing a Workshop on Development in Drugs and Pharmaceutical Technology for Asean Countries. It will be held on October 14-16, 2003 at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Workshop Participants : The participants are expected to be professionals/scientists associated with drugs and pharmaceuticals industry and R&D with good knowledge and interest in current developments associated with drug industry in their country (ASEAN). Each participant will be required to present Country Report .
Contact person/Chair of Organizing Committee : Dr. L. Broto Sugeng Kardono, Director of Natural Products, Food and Pharmaceutical Division, Research Centre for Chemistry, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Kawasan PUSPITEK, Serpong 15314, Indonesia Tel : (62-21)7560929 Fax : (62-21)7560549
E-mail : I_kardono@yahoo.com or email@example.com
Workshop on development in drugs and pharmaceuticals technology
IMF approves latest RI loan tranche
Rise in RI’s first five months exports
RI’s President receives award from WTO
RI cuts import tariffs for three asean countries
36 potential investors to bid oil and gas concessions
RI to tender nine new oil, gas fields
RI appointed two companies to verify imported goods
RI’s President to inaugurate industrial estates in Batam
UNDP extends US $1.1 million in aid to finance development projects in Maluku
Dumai airport in Riau to serve commercial flights.
Exhibition Calendar in the Month of July & August
Gunung Kawi & Two Mystical holy caves in Bali
IMF APPROVES LATEST RI LOAN TRANCHE : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved another US $486 million in a fresh loan to Indonesia as the government prepares to end the current program with the fund later this year. The decision was made recently in Washington by the IMF executive board after it approved the country’s latest economic reform agenda.
RISE IN INDONESIA’S FIRST FIVE MONTHS EXPORTS : Indonesian Exports in the first five months of the year reached US $24.9 billion against US $22.36 billion a year earlier, with non-oil and gas exports rising to US $19.12 billion from US $17.68 billion. Exports of machinery and electrical equipment were the biggest contributors to overall non-oil and gas exports (contributing 13 percent), while timber and timber-based products came in second at 6.4 percent. The two categories respectively recorded US $2.5 billion and US $1.2 billion in total sales during the January-May period. Meanwhile the country’s exports in May declined by 1.62 percent compared to April. BPS said that Indonesia’s May exports stood at US $4.92 billion, lower than the US $5 billion posted the month before, despite a 1.03 percent rise in non-oil and gas exports from US $3.8 billion in April to US $3.92 billion in May. Oil and gas exports in May were recorded at US $1 billion, a 10.7 percent drop as against US $1.1 billion posted in April. Meanwhile the imports for the first five months increased to US $13.93 billion from US $11.51 billion a year earlier, with non-oil and gas imports rising to US $10.83 billion from US $9.0 billion respectively. In May, imports also grew by 6.7 percent to US $2.87 billion from US $2.69 billion in April, bringing the country’s trade surplus during the month to US $2.05 billion, down from the US $2.31 billion posted in April.
INDONESIAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES AWARD FROM WTO: Indonesian President, Her Excellency, Mrs. Megawati Soekarnoputri was honored with a plaque from the World Tourism Organizations (WTO) on June 14 for her strong support and commitment to the tourism sector in the country. The Secretary-General of the WTO Francesco Frangialli presented her with the honor during the official opening ceremony of the Borobudur International Festival (BIF) 2003 at the Borobudur Temple Complex. The Borobudur Festival was held to commemorate the 20th year of the restoration of the ancient temple and also in conjuction with Indonesian Heritage Year 2003. Among the other officials present were director and representative of UNESCO Indonesia Steven Hill, who attended on behalf of UNESCO’s Director General Koichuru Matsuru, Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism, I Gde Ardhika and Central Java Governor Mardiyanto.
RI CUTS IMPORT TARIFFS FOR THREE ASEAN COUNTRIES : Indonesia has cut import tariffs on goods from Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia as part of its efforts to promote economic development in the three countries. Indonesia had cut import tariffs on products from the three countries by a minimum of 2.5 percent. The tariff cuts are effective for a year from May 29. Myanmar gets tariff cuts on 222 goods, including lobster and oysters, which, following the tariff cuts, are now subject to a 5 percent tariff. Tin products and ginseng-based products from the country are now subject to a 2.5 percent tariff. Vietnam gets cuts on 50 goods, including crab and natural honey, which are now subject to a 5 percent tariff; and a limited selection of auto parts and onions, which are now subject to a 2.5 percent tariff. Cambodia gets cuts on 25 goods, including notebooks and shoe materials, which are now subject to import duties of 2.5 and 5 percent respectively. 36 POTENTIAL INVESTORS TO BID OIL AND GAS CONCESSIONS : At least 36 potential investors are ready to bid for 11 oil and gas concessions on offer since February from the government. The government is expecting more investors to make bids as the offer is open until the end of July. Iin Arifin Takhyan, Director General for Oil and Gas at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said that so far 36 investors have shown interest in the 11 new concessions and expect more to come by end of July. The winners will be announced in August. For the concessions, the government will increase the production share for contractors from 15 percent to between 20 percent and 25 percent for oil, and from 30 percent to between 35 percent and 45 percent for gas.
GOVERNMENT TO TENDER NINE NEW OIL, GAS FIELDS : The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources recently said that the Indonesian government was planning to offer nine new oil and gas field concessions to investors in October this year. Ministry oil and gas director general Iin Arifin Tachyan said the fields were located in Papua, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Natuna Island and offshore Java. The government earlier this year offered 11 oil and gas field concessions.
INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT APPOINTED TWO COMPANIES TO VARIFY IMPORTED GOODS : Indonesian Department of Industry and Trade has appointed PT Sucofindo and PT Surveyor Indonesia (PTSI) to carry out preshipment inspection upon textile and textile products, iron and steel products. The verification activity includes technical examination of imported commodities such as data, document, and information about where the product is made, product, shipping. The Managing director of PT Sucofindo, Zafar Idham said that the verification cost will be imposed on importers. The inspection or verification program will have positive impact on the improvement of consumer protection, domestic industry protection, healthy business circumstance, and import administration issuance.
INDONESIAN PRESIDENT TO INAUGURATE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES IN BATAM : Indonesian President Her Excellency Mrs. Megawati Soekarnoputri is expected to inaugurate four new industrial complexes on Batam next month, which will cover a combined area of 700 hectares and accommodate up to 30 foreign companies from various countries. The Chairman of Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) Ismeth Abdullah, said that the opening of the new industrial complexes would bring the total number of industrial areas on the island to 18, housing 611 foreign companies. The four new industrial areas are Tunas Industrial Estate, Panbil Industrial Estate, Citra Buana III and Latrade. Ismeth further added that there was a possibility that two additional industrial areas could also be launched next month if were completed in time. The two areas are Bintan II and Kabil Industrial Estate. Batam was declared an industrial bonded zone in 1978 to lure investment and foster export competitiveness. Batam has become the country’s main industrial center ever since, where 70 percent of economic growth is contributed by the export-oriented manufacturing sector. The export value of the island’s output last year was over US $6.5 billion, or about 14 percent of the country’s total exports in a year. According to Ismeth, some 60 percent of the total 611 foreign investment companies operating on Batam were in the electronics sector.
UNDP EXTENDS US$ 1.1 MILLION IN AID TO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN MALUKU : The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has extended another US $1.1 million in a aid to finance development projects in Maluku. The Head of the UNDP representative office in the province, Richard Manning said that the US $ 1.1 million in aid was a follow-up to the US$ 3 million released in year 1999 to help more than 182,000 people in Maluku. The earlier aid was used to procure food, improve social services and develop public facilities. APEXINDO WINS TENDER IN IRAN : National drilling company PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk has won an offshore drilling tender worth US $ 50 million in South Pars in Iran. The contract with Noorwegia Stat Oil was recently signed by the director of Apexindo, Hertriono Kartowisastro in Teheran (Iran). Apexindo is an affiliate of PT. Medco Energi Internasional Tbk, Indonesia’s national oil and gas corporation. Kartowisastro said that Apexindo would use a jack-up rig “Rani Woro” to drill 12 wells in South Pars with an option for 20 offshore wells in the country. The initial drilling will be conducted by the end of this year.
RI TO SIGN MOU WITH EU, JAPAN TO CURB ILLEGAL LOGGING : The Indonesian government is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the European Union (EU) to help curb rampant illegal logging activities in Indonesia. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry, Wahjudi Wardojo said that similar agreement would also be signed with Japanese government next month. Indonesian Minister for Forestry, M. Prakosa and Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hasan Wirayuds will sign a memorandum of understanding with the European Union government on June 24. Under the planned MOU, the EU and the Japanese government would ban the entry of illegal logs from Indonesia into their respective countries. As part of the memorandum, the Indonesian government would also provide a list of companies that are licensed to export logs. The European Union and Japan are among the biggest importers of timber and wood-based products from Indonesia.
RI EYES COUNTERTRADE WITH VIETNAM FOR RICE, SUGAR : An senior government official recently reported that Indonesia hoped to strike a counter trade deal with Vietnam for investments in Vietnam’s fertilizer industry in return for rice and sugar imports. Widjanarko Puspoyo, Director of Indonesian state-owned company Perum Bulog, said that the government was looking to sign a US $75 million to US $100 million deal under which Indonesia will invest in fertilizer projects in Vietnam due to the lower costs of liquefied natural gas in the country. LNG is a raw material used in the manufacture of fertilizers. Indonesia will in turn import rice and sugar of equal value.
JAN-MAY FOREIGN INVESTMENT APPROVALS SOAR : The Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), in its latest report, said that the expansion plan approvals were 121 projects in the first five months in 2003, compared to 117 projects in the same period of last year. BKPM also reported that Indonesia’s foreign direct investment nearly doubled to US $4.02 billion in the first five months of the year from US $2.2 billion in the same period last year, including approvals for expansion plans valued at US $530 million. The most popular sectors for foreign investors were trading and repair; metal, machinery and electronic manufacturing and hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile, despite the fact that the total domestic investment approvals dropped sharply by 54 percent to Rp. 5.9 trillion during the first-five months, the number of expansion projects has been on the rise. BKPM reported that as of May, there were 35 expansion projects plans from domestic players with the total investment of about Rp. 1.6 trillion. The popular sectors for domestic players include the food industry, chemical and pharmaceutical production as well as transport, storage and communication. After declaring the year 2003 as Indonesia Investment Year, the Indonesian government has tried hard to attract more investors to the country, offering various incentives.
RI ALLOWS FOREIGNERS IN INVEST UPTO 40% IN SMALL ISLANDS : Foreign investors wishing to participate in the development of small islands in Indonesia will only be allowed to invest up to 40 percent while the rest will be allocated to the regional governments and communities. Indonesian Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Rokhmin Dahuri after confirming the establishment of a Working Committee for Small Islands Management and Optimum Exploitation said that many foreign investors had already expressed their interest. The Minister further added that there were at least 100 small islands in the country which had potential for development such as for tourism, fishery, industry, small-scale animal husbandry or manufacturing industry. The Minister hoped that the committee could give a bigger contribution to the effort. The committee is tasked with improving investment climate in the islands, materializing and maximizing exploitation of the island’s resources sustainably.
NORTH SUMATERA DEVELOPS COFFEE PLANT IN AGROPOLITAN AREA :The North Sumatera Plantation Office is developing a coffee bean processing plant with 60 tons per year capacity in agropolitan area (integrated agricultural area in metropolitan area) and expecting that the investors would come with their capital. The Chief of North Sumatera plantation, Bhatara Girsang said that the plant is located in the border area of Simalungun, Karo and Dari residence (which were included in agropolitan area established by the Ministry of Agriculture). Bhatara Girsang further added that the coffee bean processing plant will be handed over to the farmer group’s cooperation in the area and they will give some trainings to the farmers on how to process good quality of coffee bean. Tungkot Sipayung, a special staff of Minister of Agriculture said that five residences in North Sumatera Province, i.e. Dairi, Simalungun, Tapanuli Utara, Karo, dan Toba Samosir, had been decided by the Ministry as an agropolitan area. According to him the area will be developed as an integrated agricultural area to reduce the urbanization level. Meanwhile, the coffee processing plant in the area was purposed to attract the investors to enter the agropolitan area.
RI TO SUPPLY GAS TO SINGAPORE IN AUGUST : Indonesia will commence supply of 150 million cubic feet per day of gas to Singapore in August, upon completion of pipeline installation work. It was reported that Indonesia had signed a contract worth US $9 billion with Gas Supply Private Ltd, the stake in which was wholly owned by Singapore Power, a Singapore state-owned company in year 2001 to supply gas through pipeline along 500 km (31 miles) for a 20 years period. According to PT PGN Corporate Secretary Widyatmoko Bapang, the state-owned gas company was scheduled to commence supply of commercial gas to Singapore on August 12. The gas will come from three gas fields in Sumatra, two of them is operated by ConocoPhillips, the other one by PetroChina
EAST TIMOR CALLED ON INDONESIANS TO INVEST IN THE COUNTRY : East Timor has called on Indonesians to invest in the country, saying there are a number of business opportunities open to investors. East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that tourism, trade and manufacturing were among the sectors that could be attractive to Indonesian investors. East Timor Prime Minister further added that to lure more investors, especially from Indonesia, the East Timor administration was preparing a legal framework to help business thrive. East Timor has huge unexploited oil and gas resources, but today agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy with coffee, rice and maize the main commodities. The Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Aburizal Bakrie said that East Timor was lucrative market for Indonesia, citing the high demand for Indonesian products in the country. Aburizal Bakrie added that the Kadin members were keen to supply foods, oil and to invest in the construction of low cost housing and infrastructure in the new country, with the members were also interested to take part in the exploration of East Timor’s reserves of oil and natural gas. The Kadin members were also planning to set up a garment and cement factory in East Timor.
SAMSUNG TO SUPPLY US$ 120 MILLION CDMA SYSTEM TO RI : Samsung Electronics Co will provide a US $ 120 million CDMA system to PT Mobile-8 Telecom, Indonesia’s number one private telecommunications company. It is the third provision of a CDMA system to Indonesia by the largest Korean electric firm, after signing pacts with Latelindo, another private Indonesian company, in May and state-run PT Telkom in December last year. EXPORTS OF CONTAINER CRANES : PT Trans-Bakrie, a subsidiary of PT Bakrie & Brothers, has recently shipped six container cranes ordered by Sri Lankan container terminal operator South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT). The shipment of the container cranes, worth about US $10 million, was carried out in two stages. The six container cranes, which were produced by PT Trans-Bakrie in cooperation with IMPSA Port System of Argentine, would be operated by SAGT at its container terminal in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
CHINESE INVESTORS TO EXPLORE GOLD IN MALANG OF EAST JAVA :In an effort to properly exploit the gold in the Malang locations, the local government of Malang regency are luring investors from China and Malaysia. The Head of Energy and Mineral resources division of Malang regency, Gatot Daryanto said that they have fixed proposals and cooperation agreements with the investors. The representatives of the Chinese investors have held discussions on further surveys of locations that are believed to have potential for gold. Besides collaborating with the foreign investors, the local government (Pemda) of Malang regency will also cooperate with Directorate General of Geology and Mineral Resources to map all areas with mining potential in the regency; they would also cooperate in the procurement of heavy equipment for gold exploitation. In addition to gold potential, the Pemda has also identified other potential like coal, crude oil, and mines such as red marbles, bentonite, and kaolin.
CHINESE INVESTORS TO EXPLORE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN S. SUMATERA : Some 43 Chinese investors from various companies recently visited South Sumatera province to explore business opportunities. The South Sumatera Governor, Rosihan Arsyad after the meeting the Chinese businessmen said that the Chinese investors were interested in the oil, gas and coal mining, agriculture and plantation sectors. According to the South Sumatera Governor, the province has huge natural resources but have not yet been exploited optimally due to the lack of funds. UK TO INVEST IN JAMBI & RIAU : The UK’s ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Richard Gozney during a discussion with the theme “Investment Policies of the United Kingdom in the province of Jambi” said that both the government and private sectors in United Kingdom would focus their investments in the provinces of Jambi & Riau. The plan followed observations on favorable investments in natural resources of the two provinces. The development of energy and natural resources in these provinces would be concentrated on the potential for coal, gas, and geothermal resources, as well as palm plantations. UK government and private companies would consider the development of coal and geothermal fired power plants in the two provinces. UK investors are currently conducting research into developing coal and gas power plants. In Riau the UK government will also invest in drinking water supply and power generation.
FRENCH OIL GROUP TOTAL TO INVEST IN RI : The Chief Executive officer of French Oil group Total reported that the company planned to invest another US $1 billion in the Mahakam block in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province next year. The CEO further added that natgas output from the block was projected to increase 10 percent over the next two years. The block currently produces 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
UNILEVER’S INVESTMENT IN RI : Uniliever said that it would invest US$500 million over 10 years in Indonesia to make Indonesia one of its outsourcing centers. The company will center production of its soaps and toothpastes in Indonesia. CEO of Unilever Indonesia, Nihal Vijaya Devadas Kaviratne, said that company had decided to boost investment in Indonesia because it has a large domestic market and abundant supply of raw materials. NETHERLANDS TO INVEST IN BENGKULU PROVINCE : The Netherlands is expected to make an investment in the fishery sector of Indonesia’s Bengkulu province. Director of PT Samudera Indonesia Mandiri, Nul Ilahi Firdusdin, said that Geoderade Consortium of the Netherlands would cooperate with Samudera Indonesia in the fishery sector. The Bengkulu governor has sent an invitation to the chairman of the Geoderade Consortium to sign a memorandum of understanding. The consortium will produce and export fresh tuna to Europe. NINE NEW INVESTMENT IN WEST NUSA TENGGARA PROVINCE : Nine new investment projects were registered in West Nusa Tenggara province between January and mid-June this year, increasing to 211 the total number of investment project in the eastern Indonesia province. The Head of the provincial investment coordinating board, H. Ripai said that the new investors have commenced their activities in tourism and fishery sectors.
RI-TAIWAN TRY TO INCREASE TRADE VOLUME :Over the last five years, Indonesia has enjoyed surplus in trading with Taiwan booking the highest surplus value at US $1.1 billion in year 2001. Indonesia-Taiwan trade volume reached the highest value of US $3.6 billion in year 2000. According to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), during the year 1967-2002 the government had issued licenses for the total investment of US $5.316,2 million and absorbed thousands of domestic and foreign workers. In the closing of Regional Exported Products Exhibition in Ternate, October 2002 Maluku regional office of Industry and Trade, A Gafur, said that many Taiwanese businessmen were interested in purchasing fishery products as the main category of North Maluku. In a meeting with Indonesian businessmen in Jakarta in April 2003, Senior Specialist Market Development Council of Taiwan, James KJ Chen, said that Indonesian domestic market was quite large so that many Taiwanese business were interested in doing business with Indonesia. He further added that Indonesia economy which tend to be more stable and made progress had motivated Taiwanese businessmen to choose Indonesia as potential market for some primary products produced together by Indonesia and Taiwanese businessmen. For the long term, Taiwanese businessmen will pay attention to the developments of several kinds of industry in Indonesia.
RI TARGETS 5% INCREASE IN EXPORTS TO UAE : Indonesian government has set an export target of US $2.85 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year. Agus Tjahjono, head of the Africa and Middle East development and market maintenance division at the National Export Development Board told that the target was well above the previous year’s figure of US $719.5 million. Agus Tjahjono added that Indonesian government was aggressively promoting exports, particularly commodities, in the Middle East and the UAE. RI, BANGLADESH SIGN TRADE ACCORDS : Indonesia and Bangladesh recently signed three agreements aimed at boosting bilateral trade and investment, as Indonesian President Her Excellency Megawati Soekarnoputri recently visited the South Asian country. The ministers of the two countries signed accords on avoiding double taxation, on giving some Bangladeshi products duty-free access to Indonesian markets, and to establishing a joint business council. Further, the Indonesian President Her Excellency, Mrs. Megawati Soekarnoputri held talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Her Excellency Khaleda Zia on expansion of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Bangladesh is seeking to increase its exports to Indonesia, which currently has a trade surplus of nearly US $168 million with Bangladesh. Further, Bangladesh is seeking to increase exports to Indonesia of products such as silk fabric, ceramic tiles and artificial flowers.
RI AND JAPAN SIGN TOURISM COOPERATION : Indonesia and Japan recently signed an agreement on tourism cooperation as part of Indonesian President Her Excellency Megawati Soekarnoputri’s visit to Japan between June 22 and June 25, 2003. Indonesian State Minister of Culture and Tourism I Gde Ardika signed the agreement with Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Chikage Oogi. It is further hoped that with this cooperation agreement, the number of Japanese tourists coming to Indonesia will increase. The cooperation involves not only the Japanese and Indonesian governments but also tourism organizations and institutions. Indonesian Tourism Minister said that the joint statement indeed underlined four prominent things : joint promotion between two countries, tourism product development, improvement on human resources, and a cooperation between the private sector.
PC SALES IN INDONESIA FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2003 :Sales of personal computers (PC) reached 129,000 units in the first quarter of the current year in the country or increased of 13% year-on-year. Business sector was still a main consumer accounting for 75% of the total sales in the first three months of this year. Individual buyers accounted for 10% of the total sales in the first quarter while the educational sector and the government sectors accounted for 15% of the total sales. The five vendors Hewlett-Packard, Acer, IBM, Dell, and Zyrex accounted for 75% of the market size of PC in the country and the rest were in locally assembled products without brand. By processor technology, Pentium 4 accounted for 85% of the sales and the rest are in Celeron, AMD, etc. MICROSOFT AND APKOMINDO TO PROMOTE SOFTWARE :PT Microsoft Indonesia and the Indonesia Computer Business Association (Apkomindo) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to promote the use of licensed software in Indonesia. The key points of Microsoft-Apkomindo MOU were like; 1). PT Microsoft Indonesia will provide training about the benefits and the optimal usage of Microsoft licensed software for the sales managers of Apkomindo members.
2). In return, Apkomindo will promote Microsoft licensed software to consumers.
3). Microsoft will provide funds for Apkomindo to hold computer-related activities such as computer exhibitions. The amount of the funds depends on how much Microsoft-licensed software Apkomindo sells.
YOGYAKARTA TO BECOME CYBER CITY : In an attempt to accelarate the development of Yogyakarta into a cyber province, Governor Sri Sultan Hamenkubuwono X said that he would soon draft a gubernational decree on electronic information and transactions. Speaking to the Journalists on the sidelines of a seminar titled Jogya Towards Cybercity : Opportunities and Challenges, the governor had asked Yogyakarta-based multimedia expert Roy Suryo to prepare the draft decree. Meanwhile Yogyakarta has juest secured a US $ 20 million investment from Exelcom, a cellular telecommunications provider, in the form of a fiber optic network. Roy Suryo has said that the decree would basically regulate and provide protection for business transactions using electronic communications, including e-mails and text message. Roy further added that once the decree issued, Yogyakarta will be the country’s first province to have such a regulations.
OPENING OF JAKARTA FAIR : A grandiose ceremony marked the opening of the annual Jakarta Fair as the event is hoped to provide jakartans with many forms of entertainment to mark the city’s 476th anniversary. Indonesian President, Her Excellency Megawati Soekarnoputri accompanied by Indonesian Minister of Trade and Industry, Rini Suwandi and Governor Sutiyoso were welcomed by mix of traditional and modern songs and dances before officially opening the Jakarta Fair 2003. The Jakarta Fair 2003 runs from June 12 to July 13 at the Jakarta Fairground in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The event is projected to generate some Rp 200 billion in business revenues from as many as 1,022 participants consisting of 653 private companies, 7 foreign private companies, 19 state/regional state-own enterprises, 20 regencies, and 303 small-scale businesses with some two million visitors expected, which is higher 25% than the last year of 1,615,267. The 44-square hectare area in Kemayoran glittered with festive promotional booths decorated lavishly with various architectural themes. This year’s event will also feature the newly introduced Lantern Festival, located in the northern part of the fair’s ground. The festival is supported by China’s Suzhou Gu Sung Lanterns. Throughout the month-long fair, prominent local musicians are scheduled to entertain visitors at the event’s main stage.
AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES TO FLY TO BALI : The Australian Airlines in its major expansion has started to serve flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Bali starting June 27. The first Australian Airlines flight constituting part of bridge, an Airbus B-767-200 with 271 passengers on board, landed at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai airport. Australian Airlines currently operates nearly 30 flights a week between Cairns and six destinations in Asia, the aircraft plans to operate three services a week for its Sydney-Bali schedule and once a week for Melbourne-Bali schedule .
DUMAI AIRPORT IN RIAU TO SERVE COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS : Pinang Kampai Airport in Dumai, Riau Province, has recently been licensed to serve commercial flights. Before obtaining the license, the airport had been serving only aircraft owned by state oil company Pertamina, U.S. oil company Caltex and other oil companies.
FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS IN INDONESIA FOR THE MONTH OF JULY & AUGUST 2003